To Turf Moor Be Too Much?
Tell it like it is Allezkev, our man in the black cab. Do we have what it takes to cross the bridge ahead?
Tell it like it is Allezkev, our man in the black cab. Do we have what it takes to cross the bridge ahead?
Lee Mason. Master of the cock-up decisions. What was that about, giving a free kick then calling a throw in instead?
Lucky escape for us.
Bellerin loses the ball in his area and Burnley pepper our post from the break.
I think Alexis needs to pick it up. He’s been walking about the pitch, looking less interested than he was last week. I think the midfield and CBs need to squeeze up just as we did vs the spuds. We get a foul called on Brady for a reckless challenge on Kolasinac.
Lacazette delivers a great cross in for Ramsey, who blasts over. He did open his body up but failed to connect well with the intended shot in.
Burnley are looking the more likely at this time, but it is still a long way to go and you sense we will have our moments. Good block by Mustafi, putting his body on the line from the header out from a corner kick.
Cech does well to prevent a goal from a header, as he made himself big to block off. We are a bit under the crush here and need to tidy things up fast.
Monreal has a good hit go just wide, from a corner kick. That’s more like it. We need to seize back the initiative and keep the crowd quiet.
We need to show the fight needed at these grounds and it was good to see Lacazette coming back to help with the defending when needed.
Kolasinac is looking out of sorts today (started in the NLD, though). Not looking ready to cut out balls and seems more focused on just going through the motions of defending rather than actually defending.
We get a corner kick off a soft strike by Ramsey. Kolasinac misses a chance to head in from a return ball from the corner kick.
Lee Mason again. A coming together involving Ramsey and he’s penalized for that, only because we had the ball in a dangerous situation. He loves to break up our play for such fouls.
How does Mason keep making these “errors”, breaking up play for fouls, just when an advantage play will be more beneficial?
That looked a penalty on Bellerin but not given by the ref.
At Kings Cross Station now, nothing at all on the radio, it’s very frustrating but I’m glad to hear that Jackie boy is on the pitch.
Just gonna catch up on the comments.
Now to hold off for the onslaught with hoof ball.
Wasn’t soft, 17. Rules of the game.
I’ll take that. 3 points at a pressure cooker ground. I, honestly, thought we would be too strong for them and but for our dominant performance in the 2nd half, it looked anything but an easy game. Let’s hope they keep up this attitude when our rivals visit.
Well Arsenal player say it was a pen so it must be, Perry gives said we were better in the 2nd half so we must have been.
thats 3 times in a row we have scored in the last minute against these boys and at least two were controversial . Gotta feel for them , but well done our lads
PS Perry Groves confirmed pen and he is biased.
Perry groves is NOT biased
Isn’t the world a little crazy, when everybody around the world can see whats happening and us poor sods in the Uk cant?
Anyway for what is worth just watched few highlights on the Arsenal list site in Toronto. without the help of Skys multiple cameras I would have to say technically it looked like a pen but was very soft,.if it had been the other way around i would not be happy. if the last three games had all ended in the last minute, I would be incredibly unhappy.
I think I heard a referee say recently that your upper body cannot be offside. Not sure if that is entirely true? any referees out there? If it is true at first sight the Burnley offside in the first half
would have been very close. Had a pen been given our man Monreal would have been given an early bath.
In summary not a good day day to be a Burnley supporter.
Huddersfield Town GOOOOAL
jw1, nice article. I did see it yesterday (?) and it was refreshing to get an insider’s perspective. Can’t ignore the chap was indeed star-struck….😀
November 26, 2017 at 16:13
I’ll ask this then in general– a question open to all:
Was the PEN call by Lee Mason out of character with the way he called the rest of the match?
In response, I’d say Not. That’s Lee Mason for you; he looks like a Ref who calls certain supituations on instinct. He does make mistakes but gets some right, to the chagrin of the affected side. He was on the money with that late penalty, in my view. The defender made contact with Rambo (tried to make sure he doesn’t get his head on the ball); whether Rambo’s head was going to reach the ball is irrelevant! Obvious and firm Contact was made which caused Ramsey to go down awkwardly to make sure the Ref sees it. Penalty, all day long!
And like jw1 rightly reminded us, he had not given that stonewall penalty on Bellerin. We hadn’t made too much fuss about it, as a disciplined group, but it should have been given.
We are up in 4th place and could be 3rd after the Manchester derby, if we keep winning up to that weekend’s round of fixtures.
…certain situations on (not necessarily correct) instinct. **
Vermaelen starts for Barcelona in a crucial game at Valencia. Nice to see him playing again to help his chances on the World Cup train for Belgium.
Gabriel Paulista is also starting for Valencia and has executed a couple of his characteristic “agricultural” clearances/tackles already. Love the lad’s enthusiasm.
Great post and comments, I Just saw the game, They were just so defensive, we were lucky to get the win, even though we should’ve had 2 penalties really. They were even wasting time pretty early, because they didn’t think they could score on us and win.
I’m with Kev and Jw. I don’t see why Jack doesn’t start midweek… Perfect time to rotate, and get him a league start.
Also interesting thought of Giroud maybe starting this week. If not a start, early substitution to share minutes more ,maybe.
JK agreed with you and Jnyc.. Wilshere player better than Iwobi ini our last game.. so he must start first if fit.. that will be a great motivation for all..
I like to see him playing with Xhaka and Ramsey ini the middle..
HT isn’t an easy team to handle.. but we had a great record at home.. And we will keep the record clear. Hehehehe.
I don’t know will Ozil be ready for MU.. I hope so.. but if not, Wilshere muat be ready to take his job.. and HT is the right team to see all the possibility..
Let’s go hunt.. dubdubdubdubdubdub… (Baby shark sound..) hehehehe..
JK, I love Jack and will like to see him starting, sooner than later, but I fear he is not there physically, despite his best efforts at disguising it. It is for this reason I differ a bit on the “better player than Iwobi” comment, on a conditional premise: when Jack is fully fit and firing. Iwobi was needed to do a job in the early periods of the game and I am not sure I’ll trust Jack that early at Burnley, with what was at stake. So, the manager took the correct decision starting a tested player. I watch Iwobi closely in games (for obvious reasons, as Nigeria preps for the World Cup). Other than my view that he doesn’t relish the defensive side of the game and merely goes through the motions when appearing to track back, but with no intention to put in a tackle, I think he is effective going forward and has a great understanding of the use of space and the denial of the use of space. On Sunday, aside from Mustafi and Ramsey, he was one of our more effective players, in my honest view.
Gosh, JK. Just one event/instance and that’s the man “marked”? Alexis isn’t the easiest passer to predict and the onus should be on him to be precise. I noticed it also that Iwobi is wary of getting things wrong with Alexis and probably chose the ‘safe’ position, albeit the wrong one. Like I stated, Jack came on at the right time in the game when fitness levels have started to wane, so FairPlay to him for showing some good moments.
TA, maybe you should see the first half and how the hosts were the stronger side, thus making it imperative we needed someone with the skill set Iwobi provides: closing spaces and the guile in offensive areas.
Graham Poll (yeah, I know he can’t count in yellow cards) has also had his say and for me, it calls to question the relevance of the so-called panel.
Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, is one honest bloke…
Eris.. Iwobi used to play as a super-sub in his country team.. so why don’t we try it also..
We never see Ramsey Wilshere Xhaka together.. So we can’t say nothing.. but still worth it to try..
Hope we learned a lot from Burnley’s game.. cause HT will be as hard as them..
And maybe Wilshere Will be our truff card.. hehehehe..
TA.. I don’t think Giroud Will play and Sanchez drop.. If Sanchez dropped than Welbeck Will fill his post.. not Giroud..
I hope to see Wilshere to.. but more deeper role.. along with Xhaka and Ramsey as our three Musketeers in the middle.
Henry, Iwobi as sub is worth a try (and we have done so many times, to not so good effect, tbh). Who knows? If he comes to expect it and is focused on doing his bit, he may start to reach his potentials. As for Nigeria, he does start most games, unless everyone is fit and he’s kept as a sub (usually, to the annoyance of most Nigerian fans).
I also expect a strong side, which should include Alexis. Welbeck may start but it will only be a sentimental decision because, he’s only just returning from injury and may be trying too hard to please Southgate, to the detriment of team play. United won 4-2 yesterday, but just on the way Watford started, that scoreline flattered them, forget what Jose Mourinho said about scoring 7, post-match. United only started to play after going 2 up, from silly errors by the Watford defence, where they should have been decisive.
Tough game expected tonight; but we can make it easier if we start fast and never let up.
Already 1-0. Good strong early marker. Lacazette with the goal after some combination playe at the edge of the box, involving Xhaka, Ramsey and Lacazette.
We need to sustain the tempo until we are more comfortable. No letting up, please. That’s something we can be guilty of, certain games. HT look like a team which only needs a little encouragement to cause us trouble.
Kolasinac’ passing has been off, so far.
Been rather too easy, so far. However, these are the games we’re focus may be lost at the most inopportune moment. We need to concentrate even as we stroll through the game. Get a couple more, then ring the changes.
A header by the visitors, from a free kick from our right, goes over Cech’s goal. A warning about how this team can be dangerous. We need to press them back.
Mustafi goes down injured from making a tackle which was to make up for a misplaced pass he had made. Hope it isn’t serious. Lacazette also seems to be limping a bit. We are taking it too easy, in my opinion and that may be with an eye on the weekend’s game. Mustafi is back on.
A nice combination move sees Lacazette beat the offside trap and his curled effort was bundled over as it was right on the goal line.
Poor attempt at a whipped in cross by Bellerin. That one went to Row Z, with 4 Arsenal shirts to aim for in the box.
Mustafi has saved Xhaka’s blushes there. His loose touch failed to reach his defender and Munier latched onto it and but for Mustafi going with him till he cleared the ball, they had a shot on.
We are lucky not to be punished by some sloppy play in our box, involving Lacazette, Koscielny and Mustafi.
Huddersfield are starting to raid our area and gaining in confidence, all because we’ve been sloppily giving the ball away.
Crowd is starting to howl their discontent at the wastefulness. No use having all that possession when we fail to be incisive. Maybe, we should have had on our B team, hopefully they are more hungry for a game in the league.
Xhaka has just attempted a shot but was leaning back all the time and they will be picking that from the Seven sisters station.
Half time. We’ve been laboured at times, after that early goal. If they are playing under instruction, then it isn’t doing our ambitions any good because we should be ramping up our GD with games like this, but with all of this team with an eye on Saturday, we aren’t getting the best of the team.
Wenger described the HT side as dangerous, ostensibly because they beat United and held City to a late 2-1 win, but much of the chances they have had have been down to our give always. They were growing in confidence towards the end there and that’s got the crowd het up.
Bring on some hungry players with something to prove so they can make this game quicker. Jack, Welbz and Calum Chambers or Giroud will be useful here, in my view.
That’s what I miss when not in Nigeria. We get pretty much ALL the games shown live here; cable tv. Will soon be off to Toronto in a couple of weeks and hopefully, my box gets the good games too.
Liverpool up 1-0 at Stoke but have a free kick at the edge of the box after Minolta, Liverpool keeper, has taken out Diouf in something that should be a red card, but Stoke are giving it a go here. 41 minutes into that. It’s still 0-0 at Southampton but City are having a rough time of it.
Chelsea v Swansea is still 0-0. Hearing Antonio Conte was sent to the stands for pitch side antics.
Oh, it’s actually City at home to Southampton, but they sure are giving them a game. Still 0-0.
Neat interplay between Ozil and Alexis results in a locked shot of Ozil’s attempted curler. He should have taken that first time instead of needing two touches.
Oh, and Giroud is on for Lacazette, I think. Which means we will miss Laca’s quicker footwork and runs. But then, we gain some muscle up front and a body to play off, for the other attackers. It’s end to end now. We were lucky not to be behind and from the counter, Giroud’s guided shot was blocked for a corner. Cech did well there to prevent the goal from a side that’s yet to score away.
Hi all.. any info about Lacazette..?? Why Wenger replaced him so quick..??
We are playing with fire at times here. But for a block by Monreal, which ricocheted towards Cech’s goal only for him to palm over the bar, we could have conceded there.
We do need a second goal. The visitors are emboldened now and troubling our goal like they never did in the 1st half. We have a corner and there’s a shout for handball from the resultant clearance.
We do need a second goal. The visitors are emboldened now and troubling our goal like they never did in the 1st half. We have a corner and there’s a shout for handball from the resultant clearance. Not given.
Giroud weaves his way inside a disguised through ball from Ramsey and hits the post after rounding off the keeper and misplaced the rebound. He seemed a shade offside though but the ref hasn’t raised his flag.
Sanchez blazes over the bar from a nicely worked move from the left flank.
I need to watch this game more closely now. Off air for a bit. We are not getting those last balls right….
2-0! Giroud! Poetry in motion.
Ozil assist. Cool as you like, from a sweeping move.
It is 3-0 now. Sanchez. Another Ozil assist.
The goals….coming like London buses. You wait long for one and 3 come along at once. 😀
4-0!!!! Ozil gets one for himself. That’s more like it.
Ozil has had an assured display. Aaron Ramsey off for Jack and Alexis off for Welbz.
Welbeck almost gave his usual air shot assists for Kolasinac, but he dilly-dallied on the ball till it was taken off him in the box. I expected him to put his laces through that.
A rasping shot from Xhaka sails over the goal after some good work by Welbeck. Jack is trying to get into the game and make things tick over.
5-0! Giroud. Nicked it off Kolasinac’s toe really, after Kola had juggled the ball over two Huddersfield defenders and was setting himself up for the shot into goal, albeit on his right foot.
That’s the game done then. Good night’s work, lads. Nice way to prep for the game on Saturday.
City 1-1Southampton; 80th minute. City may drop points again at home, but still to lose a game.
Liverpool are 2-0 up at Stoke and Chelsea should see off Swansea leading 1-0. Everton is leading West Ham 4-0. What’s Moyes doing there if he cannot get them to play?
Bournemouth v Bournemouth ended 1-2. The Chelsea game ended 1-0.
Yes.. 5-0 to HT.. wow..
If We do the same level of playing.. will burn MU down.. for sure..
We finally have a fun game… and not televised here. Just my luck.
Aaaw! After Southampton held on for the 90 minutes, ref goes on to give 5 minutes stoppage time and Raheem Sterling notches another late goal recorded at 96 minutes. Very close to another 2 points dropped there by City. They will remember today, if they do lift the trophy in May.
Alexandre Lacazette is out for the United game, with a groin injury, according to the gaffer. Terrible news!
JK I didn’t know if Kos got any injured..??
He was brilliant lastnight..
Our Three Musketeers were solid and strong..
I can’t see any reason for Wenger to change it.. especially not against MU.
But we will only really know about our whole team fitness a day before game.. I guest.. So let’s hope for the best..
Lol, jw1. Just seen your 00:11 and would have objected to starting Giroud ahead of Welbeck, but seeing as you have adjusted your position and agreed with JK, I’ll just keep my powder dry. To my mind, Lacazette’s injury is the excuse Wenger needed to turn Danny lose on his former employers. Giroud coming on head of him against Huddersfield is a decoy to fool JM about the pecking order of strikers that’s available to us on Saturday.
JK, I know Koscielny has a dodgy Achilles but the game is so crucial that we’ll have to make sure he’s ready to play and stay on full game. When Debuchy didn’t even make the bench for Huddersfield, you get the feeling he’s not going to be ahead of any of the defenders who were part of the 18, midweek. Which, for me, is such a shame as I rate him.
An honest question here: can Debuchy do much worse than Bellerin, on current form? I will trust him over Debuchy, to keep Young and Rashford/Martial quiet, over Bellerin who’s displayed an annoying habit of being too easily bullied and beaten, of late. Then, his decision making in crucial goal scoring situations has disappointed for some time now. I dunno. Wenger seems to like him, so we have to hope he does a job.
I meant to type: “I will trust him (Debuchy) over Bellerin to….”
The key match officials for saturday’s game at the Emirates have been named as Andre Marriner while Anthony Taylor is the 4th official. Both men coming together doesn’t fill me with too much optimism for fair officiating, given their antecedents with us. This gives added impetus for our lads to come out swinging and give a great performance that will defy the standards of officiating.
Who can forget it was Andre Marriner who couldn’t tell Kieran Gibbs from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and issued the red card to Gibbs, wrongfully. Even more recently, In the game at Stoke, he failed to call a clear hand ball against Kurt Zouma, denying us a potential penalty kick. It is curious that the Assistants on that day are the same named for this game too; one of them got an offside call wrong, which also denied us another potential goal. But for those two men, we may have had a fair shot at a win instead of the L standing against us for that game.
Let’s hope we shame them this time.
Yeah 17, i do wonder what would happen if Bellerin went back to Barca, because as much as i like Debuchy, he’s not for long term at this point.
I do wonder though, if Barcelona see Bellerin as such a hot prospect now. His stock may have dropped slightly, and they usually pursue top shelf.
From the last thread…
Today is a classic banana skin fixture for Arsenal. It’s what we do, play like champion contenders one week, get everyone excited and then play like a bunch of idiots the next week.
But these are the games, away from fluffy, cozy London, in some nondescript northern football outpost, where your team shows its true mettle. It’s on the road where you see your team’s championship credentials and it’s where you never know what Arsenal team (in recent times) will turn up?
And so, to Burnley in Lancashire. A picturesque stadium in a town surrounded by rolling hills. An old mill town from back in the times when Lancashire was the cotton king of the world, where professional football in England was born–that’s where Arsene takes his schizophrenic team.
On paper it should be a difficult but doable 2-0 win for the Gunners, but Burnley are having a great season and if our players start getting a bit sniffy about playing at their small ground, you know, strolling around as if they’re thinking ‘I’m too good for this,’ then we could get turned over.
So I’m going for a draw.
Great Stuff, Kev!… Even if, deep down, I know you’re really hoping we can take the full points back to London.
Regardless, here are the line-ups:
Arsenal: Cech; Kościelny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Welbeck,
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Brady; Barnes. Subs: Wood, Vokes, Westwood, Long, Arfield, Bardsley, Lindegaard
Our group is totally (get it?…) predictable, except no Mesut Ozil in the squad due to illness. He’ll be replaced by Alex Iwobi and it’s a shame after the German’s outstanding performance in the Tottenham match a week ago. Somehow Arsenal will have to break down a very stubborn Burnley side without him. It’s a big spot for Iwobi but he’s just one of eleven.
Can we do it? What say you, fine fellow Gooners? Please join me as I try to describe the action.
Go on then….
by 17highburyterrace (with help from and thanks to, Akev)